As the digital universe continues to evolve--unleashing new forms of communication and innovation, while simultaneously creating a vast footprint of electronic data--law departments struggle to maintain an efficient, affordable e-discovery approach. In the not-so-distant past, it was common for companies to delegate the entire e-discovery process to outside vendors and law firms. These days, many budget-conscious legal teams are reassessing the costs of outsourcing, opting instead to bring e-discovery in-house.
Regardless of how a company approaches the e-discovery planning process, Diamond emphasizes the importance of a thoughtful pitch to senior management when justifying the initial cost of such an endeavor.
Sticking to the Plan
What distinguishes a successful e-discovery program from an unsuccessful e-discovery program is a thorough outline of policy, procedures and practices.
The software solutions available to companies looking to move part or all of the e-discovery process in-house are evolving to keep up with growing demand to address more aspects of the EDRM internally. Historically, solution providers have been very specialized, offering support for only one or two parts of the EDRM. Now, experts say the trend is to expand offerings, a move that can help law departments by reducing the number of providers and the frequency of moving data.